I needed something to wear to an event and got excited. See...I'm not fashion or beauty obsessed although I tend to keep up with what is necessary for me to know in both departments. I tend to buck trends and pretty much wear exactly what I want to wear. The good thing about being over 40, is that I can pretty much get whatever I want to get. You know...if I want it.
The older I get, the more I'm into comfortable shoes. I own lovely heels, of course, but they are never my first choice anymore and I tend to plan an outfit around the shoes I want to wear. I'll never get too old for a funky pair of Chucks and I will never pass up the opportunity to buy something others might consider outrageous if it makes me smile. LOL!
I just recently bought some leather and glitter sneakers that make me smile. People look down at them in surprise and then back up to my face quickly. LOL! I SEE YOU!!!!!!!!
I'm not into homely clothes and love to rock figure flattering pieces that aren't hoochie. I don't like too tight pants so all my skinny pants have a good amount of "GIVE" in the material. I have a crazy knack for picking out a funky and fun top and I have a wall filled with funky tops that I pair with jeans, shorts, sandals, ballet flats and sneakers.
I think I have skinny legs so I don't wear shorty shorts but I do wear fitted shorts if that makes sense. (Odd I know.) I still stick to the principle that if you only BUY things that look cute on you, you will only OWN things that look cute on you. I don't like matchy matchy and I adore mixing super cheap pieces with pricey pieces. My normal every day shorts are cargo shorts from the boy's department cuz you can't find cargo shorts for women with a good length for women anymore it seems.
My day-to-day wear would probably be considered tomboy chic or sporty luxe and, even though I feel I could wear some of the latest trends the younger people wear...I don't. And I don't consider jeans, t-shirts and Chucks to be young people clothes. These things are ageless. LOL! And yes...I will probably be 80 rocking some fly glasses and some fresh to death glitter Chucks.
I pay attention to my "More" magazine and I check out the new stuff regarding makeup etc. I'm not really there yet regarding makeup and am just now starting to play with different stuff when I do wear makeup which is still...HARDLY EVER. In lieu of makeup...I will rock a pair of hot sunglasses or a hat. LOL! And my lips stay fresh with some good old Aquaphor which I pretty much use all over.
The only thing I have really started focusing on as I age is exposure to the sun. Especially on my face and neck. I'm not trying to hide from the sun but I also don't want to have to get to the point where I HAVE to wear makeup in order to have good looking skin and I have been known to have odd breakouts when in the sun at random times. UGH.
I don't like my hair these days as the grey is something I guess I'll have to take action on eventually because it's getting more and more grey and, insultingly, all around my hairline waving and ish. I can't find a stylist that I love locally so weekly appointments to make my life lovelier is out of the question and the drive to the one who makes it look right is too far for weekly maintenance.
My dentist keeps asking if I want to whiten my teeth and I keep telling them that I think it's creepy when folks' teeth are whiter than their eyes and that I would spook myself in the middle of the night during a bathroom run in the dark.
I still do my level of workouts which maintain what I'm working with and well...I'm unwilling to do much more if I don't have to. I don't want to be the fittest looking girl in the room...I just want a flat tummy and a nice butt. I was working out with a guy who was really kinda harsh with it and well...I thought it best if I didn't continue going over there. You know...getting yelled at and whatnot. I have to figure out something, however, because for the past two days it has been too hot during my normal 30 minute morning walk and sprint session to get a good workout in without saying...um...no. Too hot. I hate germy gyms but I'm going to have to do something and have access to a treadmill soon cuz this heat is going to kill me and the way my heart murmur is set up...
When I'm looking to wear something special, I tend to visit a few of my favorite beauty and fashion blogs for and by women of a certain age. See...they get me cuz they ARE me. They are fly but no longer 20 and each one of my FAVES has the type of style that shows they know THEIR style THEIR way. They aren't trying too hard to be sexy and they generally have smiles that reach their eyes which makes me smile. I know...clearly I have simple criteria but it's so true.
Extra Petite - She's the youngest on this list. I like her style though. She does tomboy to girly girl right.
Style Pantry - This should be a DUH as she is probably on all of our lists. I mean...she is like the Diana Ross of fashion to me.
Lady of Style - I get a lot of good ideas from her on how to mix up things I already own.
Erica B. - Another DUH...I mean hey...it's our girl.
J'Adore Couture - I get diva brunch outfit ideas from her.
Fortyfied Beauty - She doesn't just stick to clothes and I like that. She's pretty simple too. Enjoying cute comfort.
Style of a London Tall Girl - Tall girls have problems other girls don't. She owns her tall girl style.
Forever Amber - Super cutesy clothes. Ideas for weddings, nice parties, etc.
The Coveteur - I just look over here. LOL! I can't afford NOTHING June Ambrose deems rock worthy but I love pretty pictures of pretty clothes. Oh...and her blog is more about lifestyle too. She has a great cocktail series going on over there.
What about you? Where do you get your inspiration from when you're looking for something special to wear? Who are your goto fashion and beauty bloggers? Do you generally like fashion blogs by women of a certain age too? How would you describe your style?
Is fashion a THING for you? Or do you just like to look nice?